Unemployment continues to be an issue across the country and its no different in Indiana.

During yesterday’s keynote speech at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce’s 60th annual meeting, Indiana Governor Mike Pence outlined the state’s issues with unemployment. In recent months, Indiana has added jobs, but the unemployment rate statewide remains at 8.1 percent according to August unemployment figures. That figure, though on a steady decline, is still above the national average unemployment rate of 7.2 percent. September figures for Indiana have not yet been released due to the recent government shutdown.

Pence says in spite of the numbers, there is a lot to be positive about across the state. He says Jasper also has a lot to be proud of:

However, Pence says Indiana needs to continue creating jobs in order to improve on the unemployment numbers. He also says the state is in a good position:

Locally, Dubois County currently has the lowest unemployment rate in Indiana at 5.1 percent as of the most recently available August data. Other local counties unemployment rates as of August are:

Daviess: 5.5 percent 3rd lowest in the state

Martin: 5.9 percent 6th lowest in the state

Orange: 8.1 percent

Crawford: 8.5 percent

Perry: 7.4 percent

Spencer: 6.6 percent

Pike: 7.3 percent